This is another end-of-year “Best” lists.
I’m adding this list to ALL MY 2019 “BEST” LISTS IN ONE PLACE!
Here are my choices:
To start off, you want to follow all these folks on Twitter and, if you’re not on Twitter, go to their Twitter page and then click on links to their blogs. They share incredible resources:
I recommend ELL tchrs follow @ValentinaESL @MsSalvac @emilyfranESL @TanELLclassroom @TeachingEnglish @Toppel_ELD @JennyVo15 @MrsSaid17 @stfleenor @CindyGarciaTX @Jechev @WIDAConsortium @ColorinColorado @WOCinELT @carlota_holder @irina_mcgrath @michelleshory
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 26, 2019
Charlala is an exceptionally creative use of tech to create a language-learning game. You can read a review of it here, and I’ve embeded one of their explanatory videos below. As creative as it is, though, it seems to me its ideas can be applied just as easily to a classroom game with students having mini-whiteboards and the teacher having a doc cam. However, I can also see the added “coolness” factor of using tech for students, and I also am open to being told I’m missing something. I’m still adding it to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.
Carol Salva’s blog is filled with tons of great posts and a podcast for teachers of ELLs.
I really like the speaking strategy shared in this new video from Edutopia. It’s a nice modification of the Three Two One speaking activity. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.
How We Can Fairly Assess English Learners is by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “Differentiated Grading” For English Language Learners.
How to Use ‘Gaps’ in Communicative Activities is from The Barefoot TEFL Teacher. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For “Information Gap” Activities.
25 ideas for using unit word lists in the classroom is from Oxford University Press. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.
Reading in Any Language Improves Reading Levels in English is from Language Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs.
Back to school – my top tips for the new academic year is by DR GIANFRANCO CONTI. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School.
13 GRAMMAR GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR FUN LEARNING is from English Teaching 101. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.
This is a great video from the British Council though, unfortunately, it’s only published on Facebook. Many schools block Facebook, so it couldn’t be shown to students in class (unless it was downloaded). The article it’s built from, however, could certainly be read by students – How to use books to learn a foreign language:
New data from FL: What happens to the educational achievement of American kids when there is a large influx to their school of immigrants who don’t speak English? Nothing. Or maybe a small boost. ($) https://t.co/NBZ63ajh41
— Daniel Willingham (@DTWillingham) August 16, 2019
WexLang is an intriguing site that lets you upload texts to read alone or with others, and it includes the ability to translate the text.
First Week of School Activities with ELs at the Heart is by Valentina Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School.
EFL Classroom 2.0 is a great site that I’ve posted about countless times. Its founder, David Deubelbeiss is closing it down. But it’s not over! David has now opened up a new site called ELT Buzz. David is great, and I’m sure his new site will be, too.
Games4ESL is a neat YouTube video with…videos that can be used as games. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.
‘Why don’t you speak Spanish?’: For Julián Castro and millions of Latinos, the answer is not so simple is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources Explaining Why We Need To Support The Home Language Of ELLs.
BeeLinguaApp is a neat reading app that shows texts side-by-side in two languages. Here are a few similar resources:
A Culturally Responsive Guide to Fostering the Inclusion of Immigrant Origin Students is from Re-imagining Migration. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!
The English Channel is a new site from The British Council and is filled with interactive videos.
Six collaborative games for competitive English language classrooms is from The British Council. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom.
Station Rotation in World Language Classes is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More.